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Grays Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Acres: 96.00
Maximum Depth: 14.2 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Grays Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Bluegill were sampled in good numbers, but size is topping out around 6 inches. White crappie are abundant. Most crappie are 7 to 8.5 inches, but some larger fish were found up to 14.5 inches. Largemouth bass were again sampled in low numbers and ranged in size from 8 to 16 inches. Channel catfish were not targeted in 2010 surveys due to the large sample in 2009. Channel catfish are the most abundant game fish within Grays Lake. Grays Lake was flooded multiple times again in 2010, keeping up a good supply of undesirable species. 2012 update: Hybrid white bass(wipers) are now present and range in size from 8 to 11.5 inches. The wipers should continue to grow and provide anglers with a unique catch and a good fight.(2010)

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Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.